About the Speaker
Dr. DiRenzo is a quantitative ecologist interested in exploring the effects of disturbance on community and population ecology. Her research program focuses on unifying ecological and evolutionary theory to address fundamental questions in ecology using field, experimental, and quantitative approaches. To mimic natural hierarchical systems, she develops hierarchical Bayesian models and uses data collected over space and time to separate ecological and observational processes to answer ecological questions. She is an Assistant Unit Leader of Wildlife at the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where shee is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Environmental conservation.